Film & Video
1 min

Deciphering stories written on male bodies

Portuguese film The King's Body plays at VIFF

Xtra interviews João Pedro Rodrigues, director of The King’s Body. Xtra

Xtra interviews The King's Body director João Pedro Rodrigues about his ode to the first (self-proclaimed) king of Portugal, who reigned in the 12th century.

In Rodrigues’s film, various men undress as they read from historical texts about Dom Afonso Henriques, a man reputed to have enormous strength and a beautiful body that bore the scars of numerous battles.

The stories of our lives are written on our bodies, Rodrigues says.